Glyphosate, The World’s Favourite Herbicide

Glyphosate-based herbicides are bee-killing global pollutants of groundwater, rivers and surface water. More recently glyphosate has been detected in rain. The latest research reveals that glyphosate damages the beneficial bacteria in the gut of the honeybee, making them prone to to deadly infections. Previous studies have shown that pesticides such as neonicotinoids cause harm to bees,…

Curious Garden Creatures

Give me an Australian wasp anytime. The solitary species are so much safer to garden amongst than their vicious ‘social’ European counterpart, Vespula germanica.

Towards Valentine’s Day

For a more sustainable Valentine’s Day, buy your loved one a potted plant. Like love, you can watch your gift grow.

Port Moresby: A Gritty City with Heart

Before leaving for a week’s trip, I read my Lonely Planet guide. It describes Port Moresby as a gritty city and advises tourists not to flaunt their wealth. I survived living in London’s seedy Surrey Docks (1984 – 85) and I work for our national broadcaster, so I consider myself to be (somewhat) street-wise and I’ve plenty…

Farewell, Friends

Basil and Mary died. Last weekend. The world is poorer without them, and I have a heavy heart. Where to start?

Mangrove Love

There are three things every Australian should know about mangroves.